Attaining Lasting Change (ATLAS)
The ATLAS project seeks to build the capacity of host governments to more effectively combat child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking by helping them strengthen their laws and regulations, improve their capacities to enforce them, and strengthen coordination between law enforcement and social protection entities.
Child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking are abusive labor practices that provide an unfair advantage to countries and their producers that fail to comply with their trade-related labor commitments and/or internationally recognized labor standards. These abusive labor practices could harm workers and businesses in the United States as they are competing with products made by children and/or workers in forced labor, including, as a result, of human trafficking. Gaps in countries’ labor and criminal legal frameworks, weak enforcement of labor and criminal laws, and a lack of coordination among law enforcement and social protection entities create vulnerabilities leading to such labor exploitation of children and adults.
The ATLAS project works to increase the capacity of host governments in a minimum of four countries – including Thailand, Paraguay, and one Sub-Saharan African country – to reduce child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking by helping host governments:
- strengthen labor and/or criminal legal frameworks concerning child labor, forced labor, and/or human trafficking;
- improve enforcement of the labor and/or criminal legal framework, specifically related to child labor, forced labor, and/or human trafficking; and
- increase coordination among law enforcement and social protection entities to address child labor, forced labor, and/or human trafficking.
This work involves identifying roles and responsibilities of government and other relevant stakeholders; mapping existing social protection programs and coordination systems, processes, and activities; assessing gaps and weaknesses in existing coordination within and among law enforcement and social protection entities; and establishing or improving the existing coordination framework.